November 18, 2010


Have I ever mentioned the Tickners?  Well, let me tell you about them.

It all started about three years ago when they moved into the Hudson ward.  Katie and I were assigned to be visiting teaching companions.  She was pregnant and I was pregnant and we were both naming our children Sadie and neither of us could change the name because we already had quilts with the name embroidered.

Katie is oh so interesting.  I really didn't know what to think of her for a while.  We went out to lunch once and she proudly announced she had had a rhinoplasty (nose job).  She also declared she was trying to quit swearing before the baby was born.  I laughed, thinking she was kidding, but I think she may have been serious.  I'm still not sure. 

Katie is also interesting because she is married to Warren.  Warren is a surfer, landscape designer,and field hockey player who was born and raised in South Africa.  He is calm and collected; Katie is crazy and impulsive.  They are a fascinating pair.

Well, about a year ago when Katie's parents were in town I was visiting with her mom.  Her mom, Betty, asked where Ben was from.  I replied he was from Heber City, Utah.  She explained that they had family in Heber and we both remarked what a beautiful, picturesque little town Heber is.  She commented how their family has a beautiful view of the whole valley, and I replied, "Oh, Ben's Mom's house is the way." Come to find out we were referring to the same family member we just didn't realize it yet.

Later that evening Katie called and me and the first thing out of her mouth was, "Ben and I are cousins"!  Actually, her dad and Ben's dad were cousins.  Not just cousins - they were next door neighbors, college roommates, and inseparable best friends.  Katie and Ben have family reunion photos where they are in the same picture together. Katie and her family had even spent the night at Ben's house when he was little. 

Isn't that amazing?  Part of the reason I feel we moved into Hudson ward was to get to know Katie and Warren.  We've become close friends, and I think we're really good for each other. 

Recently I took some maternity pictures of Katie with Warren and Sadie Tee.  These are the Tickners:

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Tiffany Feger said...

how cute, and how cool (the connections). I ran in the Ragnar w/ Katie - Hi Katie! good job Alicia! The hands one is my fav.

Lori said...

That is one beautiful...nose!!!

Sarah said...

Great job Alicia! I love the pictures! :) You are an amazing photographer :)